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Mysterious quantum forces unraveled: researchers in the Johnson and Joannopoulos groups find a way to calculate the effects of Casimir forces

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Discovered in 1948, Casimir forces are complicated quantum forces that affect only objects that are very, very close together. Researchers in the groups of Professors Steven G. Johnson and John D. Joannopoulos have developed a powerful new tool for calculating the effects of Casimir forces, with ramifications for both basic physics and the design of microelectromechanical systems (MEMS). <<more>>

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